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  1. Welcome Daniel. Your models look great. The early Fury is a favorite of mine.
  2. Sorry Gil. Some of us are more utilitarian. Not sure if I could model from a comfortable chair (not that I can model well from the stool). Here is my basic stool and simple bench - two kitchen cabinets and a piece of countertop.
  3. One other minor item that might help. When I finish using a bottle of paint, I lightly blow into the mouth of the jar before I close it. The theory is that it reduces the oxygen content in the bottle. Less of a chance for the paint to oxidize. Maybe I am kidding myself but I do have lots of old bottles of paint that are mostly still good.
  4. Welcome Mark. We hope you enjoy the forum. Lots of very knowledgeable people around here to answer any question you might have. Also, we all like to OOH and AHH over photos of your models. Lets see what you build.
  5. Welcome John. Glad that you are back in the fold.
  6. It was pretty dark up there and kind of cramped but here are a couple of photos showing the breath of the display.
  7. ClareWentzel

    A Good Read

    I have always liked Werner Voss. To me, he epitomized what a dashing young WW I aviator should be. Now, are you coming down on the side of the yellow cowl? :D It sure looks neat but IMHO, it should be green.
  8. Glenn, one of the problems with trying to refill the T-n-F applicator is the last little drop of glue in the tube. It will not refill if any liquid is left in the tube. Blow it out and then try to refill. Also, if you are careful, you can suck your glue up into the tube. T-n-F also make a plastic bottle to aid in the refilling. I have had mixed results with this. Try blowing all liquid out first.
  9. Glad to know you Phil. Another fan of !/72!!! Way to go. Yes, it is fun comparing the various time frames and equipment. Jack, surprising enough, I belirve I was at that RCHTA show. It was at Rosemont? Was visiting my daughter and her husband and took the time to pass through the event. As I remember, Big Daddy was kind of setting off to the side and was a lot quieter than I would have expected. I got his autograph and told him about dressing our oldest son as Rat Fink for Halloween one year.
  10. You might try to use some sort of a retarder with the mix. I have seen them in hardware stores and in craft shops (i.e.Hobby Lobby and Michaels) Obviously you need to check the compatibility but I suspect that that would help.
  11. A friend of mine in Brazil, Paul Baumgartl of the Heliofly fame, once told me that he rode one most of the way across Russia, back from Stalingrad. When going cross country, extra traction is a plus.
  12. Thanks for the background John. Isn't it amazing that after you retire, you seem to run out of time very quickly. Congrats on covering lots of different areas and I'm glad to see that the wife has a unique hobby of her own.
  13. Mandie, you are going to have to send a photo of your 1/144 F4F Wildcat to the Forum or to the Members Gallery. It is a great job and the hand painted frames on the canopy are really great. Take my word for it, Mandie is a key member of our club and a good builder.
  14. We are glad that you like the forums Keith. Yes, it is a very friendly place and you meet lots of really interesting and knowledgeable people.
  15. Kind of depends on how many models to move and the size of them. I have moved 50-70 models, mostly 1/72 scale. For my first move (to Brazil) I listened to the movers. They had boxes of shredded styrofoam. Sounded like a good idea. Layer of foam, layer of models, layer of foam etc. Problem was at the end, all the models were at the bottom, some with parts missing plus I was removing pieces of foam for years. For the second and all subsequent moves, we would set the model in the middle of a large piece of tissue paper. This would then be folded up and around the model, kind of like
  16. You got it right there Gil. Yes, the original days of the Squadron Shop were wonderful. Lots of new kits, lots of new decals, lots of new supplies, great books (I own the complete Dora Kurfurst books) etc. I had a cabinet in the garage that I would hide the kits in until I had a chance to bring them into the house and the dark reaches of my basement shop. Learned lots of things with all the moving. Books and magazines are HEAVY. The big moving boxes make great storage boxes after the move and there is NO sure fire way to safely move a collection of built up models. Just wrap them li
  17. I am Clarence “Clare†Wentzel and I too am a modelholic. I have been building plastic models for well over 50 years. I believe that the first kit I assembled was a Hawk F9F Panther. I was around 12 at the time. I first encountered Airfix kits when I was in College where I was studying Aeronautical Engineering and my room mate and I built up a small collection. I currently build mostly 1/72 scale aircraft, everything from WW I to modern jets. I joined IPMS first time in 1965 and was a member of a group in Detroit. At the time, we would get together to stuff envelopes with the
  18. Good suggestion guys. I picked up the Tie Fighter Interceptor and the X-wing Fighter. Couldn't resist. They are 1/72. I took advantage of Amazon for the order. The shipping seemed to be cheaper.
  19. Impressive Duke. For us mere mortals, please show us some photos of your Hobby Room. I am curious to see how you can have 1100+ finished models!! I have enough problems storing my unbuilt kits. Good decision to stick with one scale. :D
  20. ClareWentzel

    Fokker Dr 1

    Nice F.1 Jack. I also have a review of the 1/72 Roden kit on the list. I like the light color of your better. Good job. After hearing the comments above and looking at photos again, I probably made mine darker then it should have been. Now, about the cowl color. I used the same color as used for the streaking. Seems more logical for the assembly plant. Ain't modeling fun!!!
  21. ClareWentzel

    Fokker Dr 1

    FWIW, I tend to agree with the colors that Tom Mason mentioned. I read somewhere that the dark color (Olive Green) was applied with brooms. I painted my model overall light blue and then using a large, stiff brush, I applied the olive green in directions noted from photos. I too also believe that Voss' cowl was olive green. Yellow would be interesting but I have to stick with olive green. I also recommend the Windsock books.
  22. When we get those little plastic bottles of Super Glue, we have to cut the tip of the spout off to use the glue. I learned last night that I should remove the cap from the bottle before removing the tip. I didn't and realized that the bottle had built up some pressure inside. Maybe a low pressure area was passing, I don't know but when I cut the tip off, I had super glue spraying over my work bench. Fortunately, it was aiming away from me and the model that I was working on but I now have a sanding stick that is very smooth plus I had to do a lot of quick mopping up. Man, that stuff sure
  23. One other thing to consider. Try masking different frames of the canopy at different steps. Don't mask the whole thing at once. For those pesky multi-frame canopies, mask all of the lateral frames and paint the canopy. When it is dry, remove the tape and then mask the longitudinal frames. Paint them and remove the masking. Obviously, you have a double paint thickness at the intersections but it really is not visible. I always first paint the interior color and then the exterior color so it is thicker at the intersections but still not a problem. Liquid masking mediums are good for
  24. I agree with press 'n seal. I have laid it over drawings and cut out the camo schemes and just laid the material on the model. Good seat for the edges etc. Also, yes it is a great way to protect a painted and decaled model when painting a final small area. I use MM enamels and lacquer thinner. No problems. I have not tried to use it as a mask for canopies, just for big areas. Clare
  25. Great pics Jim. It seems like people around the world love the Harvard/Texan. When I lived in Brasil, I belonged to a club in Sao Paulo. Brasilians usually go by a single name and one of the members was called "tee-meia" - T 6 in Portuguese. I had the pleasure of seeing the Brasilian Aerobatic team, Esquadrilla da Fumaca, flying their T-6s at a couple of shows. Fantastic!!!
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